March 19, 2015

Facing the need to cut the budget, New Hampshire is moving to sunset ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion which gives a free health insurance entitlement to single, able bodied, childless adults.

According to the Manchester Union Leader, “During a Sunday budget review session, members of the House Finance Committee, Division III, voted 6-3 to remove an item from the budget that would have extended Medicaid expansion in the state into 2017 and beyond. Six Republicans voted to end the program, while three Democrats voted to extend it.

“Expanded Medicaid is a huge disincentive for people to work,” said Rep. Dan McGuire, R-Epsom, who voted to let the expansion sunset at the end of 2016.

“There wasn’t a lot of debate on it. Traditional Medicaid is designed to benefit people who are deserving of charity due to conditions beyond their control. Expanded Medicaid benefits people who are undeserving of charity. These are people who don’t have any reason for not working.”

Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire state director Greg Moore supported the committee’s vote.

“Medicaid is already eating the state budget alive, undermining critical services like education, public safety and citizens’ access to the courts. Today, the House Finance Committee made a wise decision to stop selling tickets onto the Titanic,” Moore said in a statement. “Moreover, Medicaid expansion actually provides a disincentive for people to work their way out of poverty and achieve prosperity. Today’s decision was the right course of action and an important first step to protecting the long-term future of state finances.”

McGuire said budget discussions scheduled for later this week could call for Medicaid expansion prior to Dec. 31, 2016.

“We are going to have to make some severe cuts in sections of the health and human services budget,” McGuire said. “One way we can help reduce those numbers are to end this program sooner.”

“Medicaid expansion primarily provides coverage to able-bodied, childless adults, people we should be encouraging to work, but it does so at the expense of other, needier groups,” Moore said. “Continuing this program will create more reductions in services for our seniors, for children and for the disabled.” (Union-Leader)

The choice seems obvious. Don’t cut the elderly and disabled who can’t work. Cut the able bodied who won’t work.